A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is centered around the murky underground world of big cat trafficking, but also includes the trafficking of humans. As such there are few, if any positive messages to be taken from the movie. Even the "heroes" are mercenaries who admit that they're only saving those in need for financial gain.
Positive Role Models
O'Hara is a strong-willed woman who has overcome prejudice to get into a position of power. That power is questioned by others because she's "just a girl." One member of her team shows humanity when admitting he couldn't kill a lion despite it being a tradition where he comes from, and a subsequent conversation about murder shows they all believe it to be a cowardly act. They do, however, kill many people, though always those on the wrong side of the law.
Violence & Scariness
Non-stop, graphic violence. Lions attack and kill humans. Human corpses and animal body parts are shown, with flies buzzing around the remains. Several battle sequences with huge body counts and deafening gun shots. Some deaths are gory -- characters die slowly with blood coming out of their mouths, as well as close-ups of people being shot in the head. Characters are also stabbed in the necks from behind. There are multiple explosions, with bodies flung into the air. Fire bombs are thrown into buildings, and a character shoots a missile and blows up a helicopter, cheering when doing so. Innocent characters are taken hostage and locked-up in cages.
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Constant use of the words "f--k" and "s--t." One character screams "f--k" in agony after being attacked.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rogue is an unrelenting action thriller starring Megan Fox, with brutal, bloody violence throughout. Delving into the dark world of animal trafficking, the movie also features innocent young women being held hostage in cages. The heroes, who seek to save them, are mercenaries -- led by Samantha O'Hara (Fox) -- who admit they're only doing it for the money. The violence is incredibly strong with multiple deaths. Characters are shot, stabbed, and even savagely attacked by lions. There are several explosions -- gleefully undertaken by the perpetrators -- and several buildings are burned down. The sound of gun shots is almost deafening, while the body count grows and grows. "F--k" and "s--t" are frequently used both casually and sometimes in anger or pain. It's refreshing to have a female lead in an all-action movie such as this -- O'Hara is strong-willed, overcoming adversity to head her team. However, she is on the end of disparaging sexist comments about her ability to be a captain. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an unrelenting, incredibly fast-paced action thriller that doesn't try to be anything it's not. Offering little by way of narrative, Rogue instead focuses mainly on the several battle sequences that unfold. It's simplistic in its approach and knows its audience, playing to them with an affection for the genre it sits in. Fox excels in the lead role, though she's not been blessed with a particularly nuanced role, just someone on hand to try and kill the bad guys and save the day.
The addition of wild animals into the equation makes for a fun aside, as O'Hara and her band of mercenaries must try and survive attacks from big cats and big missiles. That said, the use of CGI for the scenes involving the lions are pretty underwhelming and in some cases, laughable. But tonally, it all fits into a movie that focuses purely on its entertainment value and delivers on its promise.
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